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    Because sometimes we need to read happy things. And during his contract negotiations a lot of people were accusing him of being selfish.

    http://www.denverpost.com/2016/08/08...thew-stanwood/



    Mathew Stanwood made it to Broncos training camp Monday despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that has required multiple surgeries and kept him bedridden since June.

    Mathew, a 14-year-old fan who struggles to walk a few yards, has been eager to see his favorite team for years.

    Outside linebacker Von Miller made that happen.

    “Sometimes he has difficulty with his anger,” said Jessica Stanwood, Mathew’s mother. “(He says things like), ‘You’re keeping me tied up in the house; you’re not letting me do anything.’ He didn’t understand you can’t do anything. ‘Mathew, you can’t walk.’ ”

    After an exchange with Jessica on Twitter, Miller ordered a wheelchair service and arranged for a car to take all four Stanwood kids to Monday’s training camp practice.

    As Mathew squealed with delight when players, sweaty from practice, came over to greet him, Jessica snapped photos and took a minute to reflect on her son’s journey.

    Jessica can remember the date of every surgery since 2010.

    After surgeries in 2011 to remove hardware from his legs, Mathew developed an open wound on his right knee that wouldn’t heal after plastic surgery and topical treatments.

    In 2013, he had a surgery, as doctors broke both of his kneecaps in an attempt to lengthen his legs and make him more functional. Or so they thought. But it didn’t work.

    “It was extremely hard,” Jessica said. “Just because every time he has a surgery, it breaks our family apart. That surgery didn’t work as well as we needed it to, and every time he has to have a surgery, his knee breaks out.”

    There were times that his knee would start to bleed in the middle of class, or when he was in the car with his family on the way to a water park.

    In June, surgeons used muscle and skin from his left leg to repair the wound. And during his most recent 17-day stay at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Jessica noticed his knee was turning purple. As it turned out, Mathew had developed a blood clot in his knee and had to undergo another surgery to have a vein grafted from his left ankle.

    Mathew lifted up his track pants to reveal his most recent scars. But when Miller came over, smiling ear to ear, and shook Mathew’s hand, those surgeries were the last thing on his mind.

    “(It feels) pretty awesome, actually,” Mathew said of meeting Miller. “And he brought over some of his buddies and I talked to them, slapping their hands.”

    After introducing himself, the Super Bowl 50 MVP peeled off his shoes and gloves, signed them and handed them to Mathew and his brother and two sisters who accompanied him.

    Mathew then conducted a mock TV interview with Miller about his “Dancing with the Stars” appearances and Super Bowl 50 performance and how he felt about camp. Mathew made sure to ask for the tape of him playing reporter.

    Miller walked back to the locker room in socks.
    Last edited by EddieMac; 08-09-2016, 02:19 PM.

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    Awesome article, thank you .
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      Originally posted by EddieMac View Post
      Awesome article, thank you .
      Thanks for posting it for me!

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        Originally posted by Butler By'Note View Post
        Thanks for posting it for me!
        No worries.
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          I've been seeing Von in multiple news stories this offseason and for all the right reasons. I'm so stoked to see he is really embracing his new role as the face of the franchise. keep it up Von!
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          • #6
            Thanks for posting.

            I remember seeing Von's initial tweet about 15 mins after he tweeted it to Mathew's mother. Its great to see story behind that tweet.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Butler By'Note View Post
              Because sometimes we need to read happy things. And during his contract negotiations a lot of people were accusing him of being selfish.

              http://www.denverpost.com/2016/08/08...thew-stanwood/



              Mathew Stanwood made it to Broncos training camp Monday despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that has required multiple surgeries and kept him bedridden since June.

              Mathew, a 14-year-old fan who struggles to walk a few yards, has been eager to see his favorite team for years.

              Outside linebacker Von Miller made that happen.

              “Sometimes he has difficulty with his anger,” said Jessica Stanwood, Mathew’s mother. “(He says things like), ‘You’re keeping me tied up in the house; you’re not letting me do anything.’ He didn’t understand you can’t do anything. ‘Mathew, you can’t walk.’ ”

              After an exchange with Jessica on Twitter, Miller ordered a wheelchair service and arranged for a car to take all four Stanwood kids to Monday’s training camp practice.

              As Mathew squealed with delight when players, sweaty from practice, came over to greet him, Jessica snapped photos and took a minute to reflect on her son’s journey.

              Jessica can remember the date of every surgery since 2010.

              After surgeries in 2011 to remove hardware from his legs, Mathew developed an open wound on his right knee that wouldn’t heal after plastic surgery and topical treatments.

              In 2013, he had a surgery, as doctors broke both of his kneecaps in an attempt to lengthen his legs and make him more functional. Or so they thought. But it didn’t work.

              “It was extremely hard,” Jessica said. “Just because every time he has a surgery, it breaks our family apart. That surgery didn’t work as well as we needed it to, and every time he has to have a surgery, his knee breaks out.”

              There were times that his knee would start to bleed in the middle of class, or when he was in the car with his family on the way to a water park.

              In June, surgeons used muscle and skin from his left leg to repair the wound. And during his most recent 17-day stay at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Jessica noticed his knee was turning purple. As it turned out, Mathew had developed a blood clot in his knee and had to undergo another surgery to have a vein grafted from his left ankle.

              Mathew lifted up his track pants to reveal his most recent scars. But when Miller came over, smiling ear to ear, and shook Mathew’s hand, those surgeries were the last thing on his mind.

              “(It feels) pretty awesome, actually,” Mathew said of meeting Miller. “And he brought over some of his buddies and I talked to them, slapping their hands.”

              After introducing himself, the Super Bowl 50 MVP peeled off his shoes and gloves, signed them and handed them to Mathew and his brother and two sisters who accompanied him.

              Mathew then conducted a mock TV interview with Miller about his “Dancing with the Stars” appearances and Super Bowl 50 performance and how he felt about camp. Mathew made sure to ask for the tape of him playing reporter.

              Miller walked back to the locker room in socks.
              Very Awesome, thanks for post BBN, have to reload.
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